How to duplicate a file with the same file permissions

While teaching the new 10.8 Support Essentials course today, a student asked me an interesting question about the duplicate feature in OS X.

When you secondary click on a file in OS X, one of the options listed is “Duplicate”. However if you then hold down the shift and option (alt) keys, the Duplicate option changes to “Duplicate Exactly”.

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Now surely a duplicate is already an exact duplicate?

Well not exactly, after doing some research online, I stumbled across the following article on TUAW.

It seems that “Duplicate” will duplicate a file and save the permissions but “Duplicate Exactly” will retain the file ownership as well as permissions.

An interesting 10.7/10.8 feature I hadn’t seen previously and I’m sure many others have not seen either.

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